Twice a year BAICE awards a small number of fieldwork grants, up to the value of £2500, to doctoral researchers in the field of comparative and international education. The bursaries support students based at UK institutions to carry out overseas fieldwork for their doctorate. The awards will cover international economy air tickets, subsistence and reasonable research expenses within the country or countries where data is collected.

Applicants must satisfy the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be currently enrolled in a doctoral programme in a UK University (candidates must have passed their probation – where relevant – and been admitted to the PhD or EdD cycle);
  • Have a research project situated within the scope of BAICE’s mandate, which is Comparative and International Education
  • Be a registered student member of BAICE
  • Not be in receipt of another scholarship or grant which supports the cost of fieldwork (e.g. the ESRC studentship)

Within the framework of this award, beneficiaries accept to:

  • Submit to BAICE a short report on their fieldwork (max 2000 words, within 3 months of returning from the field) for publication on the BAICE website;
  • Submit a financial report to BAICE including a breakdown of funds (1-2 pages, within one month of returning from the field)
  • Submit an abstract about their research, at the end of their fieldwork, to a BAICE or UKFIET Conference;
  • Submit at least one article that arises from the fieldwork for consideration for publication in Compare

Applications must be submitted in English and contain the following (in a single pdf file):

  • A 2-page CV/Resume – please specify the date of your enrolment as a doctoral candidate or admission to a doctoral programme;
  • A research proposal for your project – including a working title for your thesis, aims, research questions, theoretical framework, methodology, a description of the fieldwork and a proposed time-frame. It should be clear how the fieldwork for which funds are requested will contribute to your doctoral project (maximum length 2000 words, excluding references);
  • A description (maximum 1 page) of how your research aligns with the mandate of BAICE;
  • A detailed breakdown of the anticipated research costs including travel, accommodation and subsistence (maximum 1 page);
  • A letter of support from your PhD supervisor.

Selection will be made according to the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the study to the aims of BAICE
  • Anticipated contribution to the field
  • Methodological rigour and originality
  • Realistic and reasonable costings. Awards will usually be made up to a maximum of £2500 and never exceeding £3000. If there are exceptional reasons for requesting more than £2500 these should be clearly set out in the application.

There are two application deadlines in a year: 1st May and 1st November.

Inquiries about the grant should be addressed to Alison Buckler at Alison.buckler@open.ac.uk.

Completed applications must be submitted in a single PDF file (1.5 line spacing) to grants@baice.ac.uk.